Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cute as a button

Candy Buttons

No, I haven’t taken up sewing. (Not yet anyway.) These adorable little buttons are all candy.

And, umm… they are like handmade.

Not by me, but remember my crazy talented, cupcake fanatic friend, Julie?

She made them for a friend’s baby shower using a fab tutorial from Bake it Pretty.

Candy Button Display

They are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Candy Buttons

The tutorial even includes a pdf for the labels so you can print them out at home and make your own packaging.

Julie made yellow, pink, green, orange and blue buttons with colored candy melts.

Just melt the candy and pour into a button mold. Let them dry and pop them right out.

Place them in small plastic bags and attach the labels. Just fold them in half and staple them together.

Candy Button Display

Or, if you’re crazy like Julie, then you make the labels work with your own wooden custom candy button display that your awesomely talented husband built for you.

Yeah, I’m sucking up in case he reads this and wants to make one for me, too.

So, instead of folding the labels in half, you can fold them in thirds. Two-thirds in front and one-third in the back so you have enough room to use a hole punch on the labels without messing up the graphics. And then just use a little double-sided tape to attach the labels to the bags.

Candy Buttons

Easy and like I said… cute as a button.

Onesie Cookies

Julie also made these onesie sugar cookies for the shower. I’m gonna work on her to get this recipe because they were really good.

Okay, back to buttons…
Here is the Candy Button Tutorial from Bakeitpretty.com.

Check out the site when you have some time. Cute stuff for baking AND for decorating!

Guess what else…?
The guys that run the site gave me a gift voucher code to shop at their store last year. I forgot I had it until Julie showed me these buttons and I remembered the email they sent me. I decided that since I had not used it yet, I wanted to give it away to one of you guys. Hopefully it still works. And if not, I’ll buy a new one for you. K?

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Enter to win a $100 Gift Voucher to BakeitPretty.com.

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you enjoy more…

Baking sweets or making them look pretty?

Deadline to enter is Monday, February 1st at 6:00 PM ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner Announced Below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

And the winner is… comment #1326.

That’s you, chakins! I’m glad you love to bake. Now, get shopping and start decorating.

buttons-winner

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Mercedes B said...

I love making sweets look pretty. It always feels good when you give them to a friend or special someone and see their face lite up!

January 31, 2010 11:54 PM
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Renee said...

I love baking sweets because I am no good at making them look pretty at all!

January 31, 2010 11:55 PM
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Brooke said...

Oh, baking them, then consuming in divine quantities. Though, dear Bakerella, if I could make them look so pretty as you do, I might just be more of a decorator!

Happy Baking, Decorating, and Devouring!

January 31, 2010 11:57 PM
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Taunya said...

Oooh!! What a terribly cute idea! I would love to shop around with your gift voucher!!

January 31, 2010 11:57 PM
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Kristi said...

Lately I’ve had so much fun making treats look pretty and I definitely spend more time thinking about presentation…I love to mix cooking and creativity!! :)

January 31, 2010 11:58 PM
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Natasha said...

I love baking sweets! Even if they don’t look too pretty, at least people can be surprised by the amazing taste :)

January 31, 2010 11:59 PM
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mandi said...

this is adorable! i’m going to try this out for the next baby shower i go to!

January 31, 2010 11:59 PM
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Naomi Elf said...

I’d love to say that I prefer making sweets look pretty; however, I have notoriously little patience in the kitchen–it’s all I can do just to wait long enough until dessert is ready to be eaten! I get my fill of looking at “pretties” by visiting your site. :)

January 31, 2010 11:59 PM
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Shannon said...

I love making them look pretty, although some things come out of the oven looking divine;) It is great when people don’t believe that you made it.

February 1, 2010 12:00 AM
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Kate said...

That is a tough choice! I do enjoy making them look pretty, but I usually don’t have the patience. Everything ends up getting eaten before I can finish! :)

February 1, 2010 12:01 AM
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Alisha said...

Both! I love to bake yummy stuff AND I’m all about pretty presentation.

February 1, 2010 12:01 AM
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Sarah said...

I love baking them! I wish I were better at making them pretty, but I’m just not creative. I need lots of help!!!

February 1, 2010 12:02 AM
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Stacy said...

Making them look pretty… sometimes they look better than they taste when I bake. Is that bad? yikes..

February 1, 2010 12:02 AM
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MelanieL said...

If I knew how to make sweets look pretty than I probably would like that more but I love to bake sweets! The mixing, the tasting, the smell that overcomes the house… I might have to go bake right now. ;)

February 1, 2010 12:02 AM
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Azure said...

Definitely making them look pretty. I’ve been known to buy a cake from Costco, scrape off the frosting, then redecorate it to my liking. (The last one I cut into a fish-shaped cake with necco candies for scales.)

February 1, 2010 12:02 AM
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Andi said...

I’m all about making them look pretty! To me presentation is key :) if it looks amazing, it must taste amazing right?
I adore your blog! You have such great recipes and creative ideas!
Thanks!

February 1, 2010 12:03 AM
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tisiama said...

I love making sweets look cute or pretty! Something that looks great always tastes great!

February 1, 2010 12:03 AM
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Mal said...

Baking them!! I’m better at that part than the making them look pretty part!!

February 1, 2010 12:03 AM
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Tiffany@QuickDinners said...

Umm…those are sew cute!!

I like to bake way better than cook, and I like to make things look pretty, but rarely do. So we’ll stick with baking.

Love you Bakerella – you rock!

February 1, 2010 12:03 AM
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Laura R. said...

I love baking, but the end result of making them look pretty is what I really love!! It’s so much fun!

February 1, 2010 12:03 AM
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Tarra said...

Baking… I’m getting better at the making it pretty part though.

February 1, 2010 12:04 AM
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Erin said...

I like baking the sweets more. Because even if you have a deformed cookie or cupcake in your batch, it probably still tastes delish, and it’s one more reason to try a sample of your work. :)

February 1, 2010 12:04 AM
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Tarisa said...

Making them look pretty. Although they don’t always turn out the way I’d like.

February 1, 2010 12:04 AM
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Whitney said...

Probably making them look pretty. I loooooooooove SUPER cute things that are edible, too!

February 1, 2010 12:04 AM
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Natalie said...

Definitely baking them tasty! I think that baked goods look pretty all on their own. Just imagine a big plate of chocolate chip cookies! MMM

February 1, 2010 12:05 AM
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Kristin said...

Those are so pretty but I enjoy baking more.

February 1, 2010 12:05 AM
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Crystal said...

I like making them look pretty. Baking is technical and creating is natural for me.

February 1, 2010 12:05 AM
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Robin said...

those are so cute! i like baking more than making them pretty because it’s no good if they look pretty and don’t taste good!

February 1, 2010 12:06 AM
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Anya said...

Both! But I suppose if I had to pick, then making them look pretty. I genuinely believe that no matter how tasty a baked good is, if it looks prettier, it’ll taste prettier (psychological mind games).

February 1, 2010 12:06 AM
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Jennifer Erickson said...

Making them look pretty! But i’m horrible at doing that, so I enjoy baking. =] =]

February 1, 2010 12:07 AM
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K.Lei said...

I like making them pretty. Presentation is key!!
:-)

February 1, 2010 12:07 AM
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Audrey R said...

These are the cutest things ever!

February 1, 2010 12:07 AM
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Jeni said...

I’d definitely say “making them pretty”. Those are awesome!

February 1, 2010 12:07 AM
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Katy said...

I love making baked things pretty, just wish my skills were a little better!

February 1, 2010 12:08 AM
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sarah benson said...

Making them look pretty!!!!! It’s all about the “packaging!”

February 1, 2010 12:08 AM
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Laura Nowatzke said...

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty! I am taking my first cake decorating class on Tuesday and can’t wait to make lots of pretty little edible things :)

February 1, 2010 12:08 AM
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Elisa said...

Although I like to make them look so pretty, I am just not good so i guess i just have to love the baking part of it and eating them :)

February 1, 2010 12:08 AM
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Corynn Chan said...

Both!

February 1, 2010 12:08 AM
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Leslie Randle said...

I enjoy making them look pretty. My personal goal for 2010 is to make sugar cookies look great. There are my personal favorite. But they are soooo time consuming!!!! And I never get the amount of icing correct. I need to practice, practice, practice! Love the onesie cookies!

February 1, 2010 12:08 AM
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Sally said...

I love baking sweets, and usually do not take the time to make things look pretty. The buttons are just adorable!

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Itzel said...

Oooh, those buttons are adorable! I might have to give ‘em a try one of these days.

Hmmm, I’d say baking, but that part is kind of boring. So, I’m going with making them pretty. Decorating is one of my favorite things about the baking process.

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Erin said...

both! But if the baking is bad it’s not going to matter how cute or artistic they are.

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Amanda said...

Ooo, I love making them look pretty! I’m a perfectionist though, so sometimes it ends up being to my detriment… :) Still I love it! And as a side note, I am new to your site, and wow, am I in love!! I absolutely love what you do, thanks for sharing!!

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Meli said...

Making Them Look Prettyyyy O:)

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Erin W said...

Who cares if they are pretty… most of them end up in my belly anyway!

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Flea said...

I’m all about Making sweets. I get very fustrated when I try to make them look pretty and they are anything but that.

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Stephonie said...

I love baking sweets! I’m not that great at making them pretty, but I love baking them! :)

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Emily Small said...

I definitely love baking more than decorating. I don’t currently have the time, patience, or steady hand to make things look all pretty. But how I wish I did!

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Kirstin said...

I love decorating because that is when it really gets personal and creative for me.

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Erica said...

that’s a very tough question… I love to bake sweets, but learning to make them cute and pretty is very fun too! but, to choose one, I’d have to say making them look pretty and cute! the possibilities are endless!

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Karyn said...

Making it look pretty!!!

February 1, 2010 12:09 AM
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Kelly said...

The buttons are soooo cute!

February 1, 2010 12:10 AM
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michele said...

aah i have been wanting so much from bake it pretty! definitely decorating.

February 1, 2010 12:10 AM
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Michelle said...

I prefer baking them! I’ve made plenty of things that look ridiculous, but taste delicious…like when I tried that macaron recipe from last weeks post, haha

February 1, 2010 12:10 AM
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Flea said...

I’m all about Making sweets. I get very fustrated when I try to make them look pretty and they are anything but that.

February 1, 2010 12:10 AM
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justJENN said...

The designer in me likes things to look pretty but taste overcomes all…baking!

February 1, 2010 12:10 AM
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Marianna said...

Baking, definitely. I desperately want my desserts to look pretty, but somehow, it never turns out quite like I hope. I’ll keep trying though! :)

February 1, 2010 12:11 AM
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Amanda said...

Baking them!!! If they dont taste good it doesn’t really matter how they look!! The whole point it to EAT them!!! :-)

February 1, 2010 12:11 AM
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trisha said...

I love both!! But I think making them look pretty is first on the list. :o)

February 1, 2010 12:11 AM
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Haleigh said...

I love baking more than decoration, only cuz my creative side shrinks when it thinks about decorating!

February 1, 2010 12:11 AM
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The Chocolate Lady said...

I LOVE making them look pretty and cute and fun and festive!!

February 1, 2010 12:11 AM
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Sarah said...

Definitely the baking. I try to make them look pretty, but I’m not so good at it!

February 1, 2010 12:11 AM
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Kelley said...

I had to really think about this one….. I love making sweets look pretty, but lots of people do that. I think it’s equally important that they TASTE good! So, I’ll have to say I enjoy baking sweets a little more than decorating them.

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Cristina said...

This is a tough call! I love to bake and make things look pretty. Of course, if they don’t come out as pretty as hoped, as long as the baking is good, you can “get rid” of the evidence yourself :)

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Sarah Chalk said...

I love making sweets, but also making them look adorable!!! It just makes it more fun!!

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Jerilee E. said...

I DO love my sweets to look pretty- but I love baking and eating them more!!! I love having other people make my desserts look pretty, though!!

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Sarah Tuttle said...

I like to do both, but eating them is my favorite part! =)

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Celia said...

I definitely enjoy the baking over the decorating…but that’s because I’m more experienced (and thus faster, more efficient) on that side of things. I think decorated sweets are the best of both worlds, though!

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Captain Micah said...

What? EATING sweets isn’t an optional answer? I definitely like baking them more, but I like presentation as well. You eat with your eyes first! But I tend to go for the gourmet messy look….like a warm brownie with caramel and ice cream melting all over. Golly, I have to go get one right now!

What a fun giveaway! Thanks, Bakerella!

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Angela said...

I love the baking most. I wouldn’t mind the decorating if I didn’t make such a mess!!!

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Rina said...

I cannot make things look appealing at all. I always make casseroles for potlucks since it doesn’t matter what a casserole looks like lol. I do love baking sweets though.

February 1, 2010 12:12 AM
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Amber said...

Making them look pretty! No one understands it, but I don’t mind.. as long as they make people smile :)

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Julee said...

Definitely making them look pretty. I’m not good at it, but I’m learning!

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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shannon said...

Baking sweets&treats for people I love. Nothing gets better than that(: Seeing the happy faces after eating the treats and getting asked ‘can I have another’ is one of the best feelings.
:D

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Tina said...

do i have to choose??? I like doing both!

I love to make them look pretty tho. :D

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Kara said...

i love trying to make them pretty…but still learning :)

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Ashley Aucker said...

I LOVE the baking part…. The pretty part would be fun if I had anything close to a steady hand. :)

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Darcy said...

Making them look pretty for sure!

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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liv said...

i love to make my sweets look pretty, much prefer it to the baking. also? i adore this store — they have amazing customer service and such an amazing selection! really, really hoping i win this! thanks!

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Amy Kelly said...

Where’s the fun in baking if you don’t end up with an adorable creation? I have a huge sweet tooth, but dessert tastes a thousand times better if it’s pretty to boot!

February 1, 2010 12:13 AM
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Kim Baker said...

I vote for make it pretty!
Most people can bake, it takes real talent to bake something great and make it look too pretty to eat :)

February 1, 2010 12:14 AM
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Emily said...

I definitely like to make the things I have baked pretty! The details- that’s my favorite part.

February 1, 2010 12:14 AM
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Janella said...

I’m a make ‘em pretty gal for sure! I rush through the baking and get to the decorating part! :)

February 1, 2010 12:14 AM
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Christy said...

Making them. Decorating is so much more work. But I am usually happy with the finished prodcut.

February 1, 2010 12:14 AM
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Angilyn said...

I love to make things look pretty. They taste better that way. : )

February 1, 2010 12:14 AM
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Arlene Mobley said...

I love baking sweets! Even if they don’t look so pretty they are still yummy to eat!

arlene

February 1, 2010 12:14 AM
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CJ said...

hooooo these are the cutest things ever :)

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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Monica said...

I always WANT to make things look pretty, but it never really works out that way, so I spend more time making it edible… ;)

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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Adam said...

This is an amazing giveaway! I’ve been cooking and baking more and more and your blog is invaluable to me

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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meghann said...

i love the baking part! i haven’t had to much luck with making them pretty so I try to stick to the basics. hopefully one day i’ll be able to make them pretty too!

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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Jodie said...

These are soo cute…she is so talented! I would love to do a little shopping with that voucher!

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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Danae (The Busty Baker) said...

It’s so hard to choose between baking and beauty.. I love the baking part, but I’m such a perfectionist! Everything has to be pretty!

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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anna said...

What about c.) eating the sweets? That’s my favorite thing to do!

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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christina kunewa said...

i love making it pretty and then eating them of course!

February 1, 2010 12:15 AM
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Beth said...

I love pretty sweets, but I don’t have the patience for it. So I prefer the baking. I sure could use some practice making pretty – so I’d love to win!

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Valerie! said...

I definitely like making them look pretty. I think people appreciate the special touches that make them look nice, plus, I have to admit, I like the attention I get when people oooh and aaah over how everything turned out. :-D Thanks for this contest!

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Nomie said...

I’m definitely all about baking rather than the pretty. My cookies might be misshapen and lumpy, but they taste amazing!

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Kassie said...

Baking! No matter how often I bake it still makes me smile to see that moment when my bowl goes from full of ingredients to batter. My husband always makes fun of me.

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Rachel said...

SO cute! I love making them look pretty the best, of course! :D

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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Christine said...

That’s hard. I like eating them the best. Second would be baking them I think, because my treats are tasty, but I haven’t mastered the pretty yet. :)

February 1, 2010 12:16 AM
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